Mission Statement - De-Spinning the Pro-Taser Propaganda

Yeah right, 'Excited Delirium' my ass...


The primary purpose of this blog is to provide an outlet for my observations and analysis about tasers, taser "associated" deaths, and the behaviour exhibited by the management, employees and minions of Taser International. In general, everything is linked back to external sources, often via previous posts on the same topic, so that readers can fact-check to their heart's content. This blog was started in late-2007 when Canadians were enraged by the taser death of Robert Dziekanski and four others in a short three month period. The cocky attitude exhibited by the Taser International spokespuppet, and his preposterous proposal that Mr. Dziekanski coincidentally died of "excited delirium" at the time of his taser-death, led me to choose the blog name I did and provides my motivation. I have zero financial ties to this issue.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Let's review taser safety as view by...

Taser International characterizes Amnesty International as "hysterical". It's an obvious and pathetic smear made by those that refuse to address the obvious facts, so let's review what other groups and organizations have to say on the same subject.

What about the American Medical Association (AMA)? What's their position of the specific question of taser safety?

The AMA concluded that tasers "...may contribute to the death of suspects [or victims] either directly or indirectly." [LINK]

And what about Canada's national police force, the RCMP?

RCMP Commissioner said: "The RCMP's revised [Taser] policy underscores that there are risks associated with the deployment of the device and emphasizes that those risks include the risk of death, particularly for acutely agitated individuals." [LINK]

And what about the United Nations?

In November 2007, the United Nations Committee against Torture stated "the use of the taser ... weapons provoking extreme pain constituted a form of torture, and in certain cases it could also cause death, as shown by several reliable studies and by certain cases that happened after practical use" [LINK]

And what about the massive Braidwood Inquiry in Canada?

Braidwood's inquiry has also found that the risk of death increases significantly when the energy-conducted weapons are administered to the chest, or in cases when suspects are shocked multiple times. ... [LINK]

Are all of these groups "hysterical"?

Look, if you're just an average Joe, and you wish to believe that Tasers-R-Safe, or that the Apollo missions to the Moon were faked, or that there are aliens visiting the US mid-west on a regular basis, that's fine. There's plenty of room for people that wish to believe in such utter nonsense. But keep your trap shut - because, frankly, you're an idiot.

But if you're a police officer issued with a taser, or a political decision maker, then it's your duty not be to be brainwashed by a company that is simply trying to sell their brand of stun guns and avoid getting sued into bankruptcy while doing it. It's well past the point where it is legally reasonable for you to start questioning the propaganda coming from Taser International.

It's not just the "hysterical" Amnesty International. It's also the AMA (!!!!), the RCMP (brother police), the UN, and the massive Braidwood Inquiry called in Canada to investigate tasers.

Conclusion: Tasers can (sometimes, randomly) kill.


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